Our last (but certainly not least!) author on the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour is my co-host, Kate Evans. Check out Kate’s interview below, but be sure to come back tomorrow for a handy archive post with links to all our author interviews.
Kate Evans is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her book, Pathways Through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teaches on degree level courses. She is trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor, and is interested in the connection between creative writing and good mental health. Living in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, she loves walking by the sea and afternoon tea, and has an inexplicable drive to bring a new generation to the poetry of Edith Sitwell.
Here, Kate tells us about her crime/LGBT novel, The Art of Survival (Hannal Poole Mysteries #2):
Little girls lost. DS Theo Akande is investigating the disappearance of eight year old Victoria Everidge. Her mother, Yvonne, is a desperate woman. What is she capable of? Eminent journalist and newspaperman, Stan Poole, dies leaving a filing cabinet full of secrets. As these leak out, his daughter, Hannah, begins to question her own girlhood. She is losing her way. Her best friend, Lawrence, newly an item with Theo, finds it hard to remain supportive. Instead Hannah clings to her work as a trainee counsellor and to her client Julia. Julia is apparently no little girl lost, but appearances can be deceptive. Then a body is found. The intertwining stories unfold against the wintery backdrop of a seaside town in North Yorkshire. This isn’t gritty crime, this isn’t cosy crime, this isn’t police procedural. This is poetic storytelling which peels back the psychological layers to reveal the raw centre.
Prequels/Sequels: The Art of the Imperfect (Hannah Poole Mysteries #1) published November 2014, long-listed for the Crime Writers Association debut dagger in 2015; The Art of Breathing (Hannah Poole Mysteries #3) due out November 2016.
Now, here’s my interview with Kate:
What was the inspiration behind your book?
I wrote a novel in 2004 about my own experience of depression; it was long, rangy and needed a structure, but, I think got at some raw truth. This coupled with my love of the crime genre and of the landscapes around Scarborough have been the inspiration for The Art of the Imperfect and The Art of Survival.
Who is your favorite character?
I love all my characters, but I suppose Hannah is my favourite. She is struggling psychologically, is vulnerable and at the same time strong. I understand from some readers that she is also difficult to like.
What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
That we all have our vulnerabilities and these will drive some of us to do things which are difficult for others to understand, cruel, hurtful and, sometimes, against the law.
Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
I hope anyone who likes a good story will enjoy my book, but I guess it is for readers who enjoy character driven, rather than action driven, novels and want to explore the more difficult, shadowy sides of human nature, the bits we might all prefer to look away from.
What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?
(1) Write, write and keep writing, even when you don’t feel like it. Give your writing physical and psychological space and permission to exist.
(2) Read, read and read some more.
(3) Find fellow writers who ‘get’ your writing, who can support you and who you can support too.
The Art of the Imperfect on Amazon: http://goo.gl/z7HFgz
The Art of Survival on Amazon: http://goo.gl/MfMBUj
Where can readers learn more about you?
Twitter: @KateEvansAuthor, www.twitter.com/kateevansauthor